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Poster: Hg80 Date: Nov 9, 2011 5:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'Sommaren med Monika'

I found this item I posted on February 20th, 2009...

I have noticed here numerous threads devoted to the issues of "copyrights" and thought that I would mention that Ingmar Bergman films will probably never be offered at the Internet Archives repository. [There is one exception in that Google offers a poor print quality copy of Bergman's "Jungfrukallan" in Swedish with a non-English voice over.]

From the Ingmar Bergman Newsletter [January 23rd, 2009]:

"After an eight-year legal battle over the leasing of a movie theater, the former owners of a multiplex in Aspen, Colorado, now own the rights to Ingmar Bergman's film collection. Svensk Filmindustri (SF), who has produced the main part of Bergman's films and used to have distribution rights for his entire film oeuvre, has not only lost the American rights to Bergman's films but its entire Swedish catalogue, in total 1.200 titles, containing both classics and completely new films.

The judgement, which has grown with interest to nearly $10 million, stemmed from a lawsuit over a 1997 agreement between Isis and SF to transform the historic theater in Aspen into a multiplex cinema. SF guaranteed the lease on the project but refused to pay when its partner, Resort Theaters of America, went bankrupt in 2000 and the venture failed.

Last year a Colorado judge transferred all of SF's rights to Isis, who has now set out to make some money from a special detail in the contract, a so-called garnishment – a monetary compensation as a result of a court order.

Swedish media seems perplexed by the fact that SF has lost its Swedish catalogue for the US market; while American press now anticipates a heightened proliferation of Bergman's films within the country."

There is a short film of an interview with Bergman and the trailer for "Det sjunde inseglet" ["The Seventh Seal"] at...


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Poster: billbarstad Date: Nov 10, 2011 7:14am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: 'Sommaren med Monika'

Yes, the US copyrights were transferred to Isis Litigation L.L.C., but they're still under copyright.

Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V3571D347
Date of Recordation: 2008-12-12
Entire Copyright Document: V3571 D347 P1-8
Date of Execution: as of 13Nov08; date of cert.: 11Dec08
Title: 1939 & 189 other titles.
Notes: Assignment of copyrights.
Party 1: AB Svensk Filmindustri a.k.a. Svensk Filmindustri, through court-appointed agent Richard B. Kauffman.
Party 2: Isis Litigation, LLC.
Links: List of Titles

Names: Kauffman, Richard B.
AB Svensk Filmindustri
Svensk Filmindustri
Svensk Filmindustri, AB
Isis Litigation, LLC.

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